Tag Archives: South Georgia Barber Shops

Dismuke Storehouse, 1899, Americus

Built as a grocery store in 1899 by Joseph H. Dismuke, this structure also served his family as a residence. Dismuke was the nephew of Elbert Head, a well-to-do black farmer and philanthropist, from whom he initially acquired the property. It was sold to Janice Coleman in 1919 and briefly owned by W. C. Flatt before being purchased in 1922 by John Minyard, who added a cafe. The cafe was so popular, especially on weekends and special occasions when it sold alcohol, that the neighborhood came to be known as”Minyard’s Bottom”. The Minyards got out of the business by the 1950s and Earnest Wilson, then his son Clyde, ran a barbershop here until Clyde’s illness in 1978.

These memories come from Karl Wilson’s (Clyde’s son) “History of the Storehouse”, written in 1985.

[The storehouse was originally located about 20 feet closer to the corner of the lot but was moved during infrastructural modifications in the neighborhood in 1987].

National Register of Historic Places


Filed under --SUMTER COUNTY GA--, Americus GA

Mr. Hair Barber Lounge, Fitzgerald


This is a landmark of the African-American community in Fitzgerald. I believe it was a neighborhood grocery store before it became Mr. Hair.

fitzgerald ga mr hair barber shop photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

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Filed under --BEN HILL COUNTY GA--, Fitzgerald GA

Medical Clinic, Cedar Springs

cedar springs ga shotgun tenant house photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

This is quite small, even for a shotgun house, so I initially thought it might be an old office building, but there’s another one on the property (which I was unable to photograph due to vegetation) which led me to believe it might be a tenant house. Pete Tyson clarifies: That was the first aid/hospital of Cedar Springs that Mrs. S. A. Wright told me about. It was moved there in the 1960’s from the little dirt road behind Johnny Golden’s store. It was a barber shop (drinking spot) that was run by Bill Adams and he later moved his shop to Columbia, Alabama, to the old Orr’s Gun Shop on Highway 52. The other was a beauty shop run by May Megahee.

Though it’s obviously best remembered as a barber shop, I’m identifying it by its original purpose.


Filed under --EARLY COUNTY GA--, Cedar Springs GA

Precinct House, Holt

Holt Precinct House Irwin County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Besides a precinct house, this was also used as a barber shop. Katherine Griffin recalls: My Dad, Ed Grantham, used this building to barber for the area farmers on Saturdays until 9: or 10: pm. These old precinct houses are getting harder to find. I’ve photographed this one many times over the years. Tracie Lott Thacker shared my favorite memory of this place: My first ever vote was cast right here. I walked down the dirt road and my grandfather Cleon Lott and Aunt Karen Lott were working here that day.


Filed under --IRWIN COUNTY GA--, Holt GA

Service Station, Leslie

Leslie GA Sumter County Mid Century Gas Station Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vaniishing South Georgia USA 2015

John A. Battle writes: This old service station in Leslie was owned by my sister and her husband, Fred (Buddy) Bass and Joanne Battle Bass, and operated as a drycleaners and barber shop.


Filed under --SUMTER COUNTY GA--, Leslie GA

General Store, Avera

Avera GA Jefferson County Old Country Store Pepsi Sign Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Sam Avera writes: …the small building shown on the right side of the store was once a barber shop. I spent a good bit of time at my grandparents home in Gibson (Glascock County) and my grandfather took me there for my haircuts…haircuts were .25 cents and mine was special because it was called a “feather cut”, whatever that was.   I am 73 years old now and I think I must have been around 6 or 7 years old when the barber shop was open, maybe a bit younger.

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Filed under --JEFFERSON COUNTY GA--, Avera GA

Tip’s Hot Dog Stand & Barber Shop, Surrency

Tips Hot Dog Stand Barber Shop Beauty Salon Surrency GA Appling County Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Karen Igou Holcomb remembers: Best hotdogs in the world. He used to deliver also. If he had enough orders he would drive the 10 miles to Baxley to deliver for lunch. He was a very nice man and his mother was the sweetest.

Tips Barber Shop Beauty Salon Window Mural African American Surrency GA Appling County Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013


Filed under --APPLING COUNTY GA--, Surrency GA